The previously unreleased demo of ‘Let’s Dance’ has been released in celebration of what would have been David Bowie’s 71st birthday.
Recorded in Switzerland in December 1982, the track came about after Bowie was visited by Nile Rodgers to listen to songs for the album that became ‘Let’s Dance’. The pair, inspired by the songs, swiftly decided to record a set of demos, recruiting local musicians to join them as they were without a band. Their first day of recording saw the creation of a stripped back demo of ‘Let’s Dance’.
“I’ve been blessed with a wonderful career but my creative partnership with David Bowie ranks very very very high on the list of my most important and rewarding collaborations,” says Rodgers on those recording sessions. “This demo gives you, the fans, a bird’s eye view of the very start of it! I woke up on my first morning in Montreux with David peering over me. He had an acoustic guitar in his hands and exclaimed, ‘Nile, darling, I think this is a HIT!’
“If you played 2nd guitar or drums let us know who you are! The time we spent mixing it just before Christmas was full of tears as it felt like David was in the room with us. Happy Birthday David, I love you and we all miss you!”
Listen to ‘Let’s Dance – Demo’ below:
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